SYMPHONY X - Live On The Edge Of Forever
January 30, 2002, 17 years ago
After five studio releases a live release was the next natural step for Symphony X. No, make that a double live CD. But, there is the age-old question of capturing the essence of a brilliant studio band in a live recording scenario. As the current flagbearers of the progressive metal scene, Symphony X have succeeded with their first live record. The music captured here converts the energies and intricacies of technically difficult pieces and delivers with surprising spontaneity. The vocal performance of vocalist Russell Allen is scintillating. His ability to make the transition from sounding like Ronnie James Dio to Steve Walsh seamlessly is uncanny. Guitarist Michael Romeo is as solid live as in the studio. The tracks were recorded over the European tours of 2000 and 2001. Content comprises material from the last three releases, V, Twilight In Olympus and The Divine Wings Of Tragedy, with the full 20 minute version of 'Divine Wings' closing out the set. Not surprising that no tracks from the self-titled debut appear. The most surprising aspect of this live set is that the brilliant 'Damnation Game' is snubbed on this collection. For a double disc set, there is nary a dull moment. This is an excellent primer to all things that are Symphony X. One listen and you will understand why Symphony X is among the most imitated bands in the progressive metal genre.